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the altar on a moving platform, so he doesn't have to walk down the long aisle. sometimes he using a cane. his brothers says the doctors told hi not to take any more transatlantic trips. >>> he is also an nbc vattian analyst. george, good to see you. you and i are in somewhat frequent contact, as you send out notes about what's going on, but did anybody really see this coming? i nope he's talked about the possibility of retirement, but now? >> i was going to say, chris, it's an unexpected pleasure to see you today. this is a surprise to timing, not to fact. the pope has indicated on several previous indications if he ever came to the decision in prayer and conscience he could not give the service the church deserved, he would leave, not stand on his ego or stand on ceremony. he would clear the path for a new pope. the timing is a bit surprising, but when it happens in 719 years, it's always going to be surprising. >> you know what i thought, george, i thought he must -- do you think he's slowing down or he's really not well? >> i saw the pope in december shortly after he made six new card
've done in cuts, about 600 billion to 700 billion in new revenues. i'd like to see us end at a point where we're 50/50. i think the president going out to the country and saying this should be a balanced plan about 50/50, the american people agree with that. but as dana and lynn were pointing out, it's going to be hard to get to that here in the congress. and while the american people will just blame congress, and i think that's quite true they won't distinguish so much between the parties, the reality is, democrats have been willing as we've seen from the $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction we've already done to more than meet the gop half way. but the gop's going to have to be a negotiating partner with us and a lot of the fight right here on the hill right now is not between democrats and republicans. it's between republicans and republicans in the house of representatives. >> they'll be looking at congress and saying democrats or republicans, it's your fault. >> there'll be many that won't discriminate between the two parties. but here on the ground, there is, i think, recognition that
, the poll shows that the win is essentially at the back of advocates for new gun laws but can they use the public sentiment to their advantage and if so how? >> i think the senate is still a very tough lift on these, particularly on the assault weapons ban. i think, you know, most people think realistically the only thing that could happen is the legislation on background checks. you know, these national poll numbers really don't give you a very good reflection of, you know, the united states senate, where, you know, it's -- people from rural states have the sort of disproportionate influence in the senate. it's 100 senators, two from each state and the national poll numbers don't reflect the political reality a lot of these guys see at home. >> i'm wondering since it has been generally accepted background checks were more likely than the assault weapons ban how bad is the sticking point they have? are they likely to push through it? >> it is pretty significant. tom coburn the republican from oklahoma is really key to these talks. chuck schumer the new york democrat is trying to get co
, and continues the slow but steady economic recovery. it comes right after we learned the u.s. economy shrank for the first time in three years. gdp fell up .1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. part of the economic pause was because of hurricane sandy. but it was also because of big cuts in defense spending. >>> we also learned yesterday that members of the president's job council are out of a job. the council had a two-year charter that will not be renewed. this morning, speaker john boehner said this is the wrong time for president obama to scrap his jobs council and delay his budget. month after month, we see the same thing, high unemployment and even more debt. the white house knew this criticism was coming. >> when we hear some of the somewhat ridiculous criticisms about this, they come from people on capitol hill who have consistently opposed every growth initiative and job creation initiative the president has put forward. >> i want to bring in "washington post" political reporter karen tumelty and michael crowley. good morning. >> nice to be here. >> he asked the chairman of the white h
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cut contemplated for civilian defense workers. "the washington post", u.s. schools brace for federal funding cuts. the "new york times" meantime highlights federal spending cuts threaten delays in air travel. let me bring in loren fox politics reporter for "u.s. news and world report" and "usa today" washington bureau chief susan paige. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> the president clearly thinks he has the upper hand. your poll yesterday suggested he does but is he in danger of overplaying it? >> well, it's always possible. we'll see what -- how much people really feel the impact if the sequester cuts go into effect as we think they probably will next week. but what we found in the new "usa today"/pew research poll is that about half of americans say it is going to be the fault of congressional republicans if they can't reach a deal. just 31% said they'd blame the president. that's pretty good standing for the president going into yet another one of these fiscal cliff hangers. >> they're talking about very serious cuts, one that could have by some accounts dire co
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really ought to stop come paining and come back to the take and work with us. >> and while there are no 11th hour meetings, no real negotiations, but lots of finger pointing, the president says there is still time for a deal. >> here's the thing. these cuts do not have to happen. congress can turn them off any time with just a little bit of compromise. >> john boehner has just come to the microphones. let's listen. >> i don't think the president's focused on trying to find a solution to the sequester. the president has been traveling all over the country and today going down to newport news in order to use our military men and women as a problem in yet another campaign rally to support his tax hike. now, the american people know the president gets more money, they are just going to spend it. and the fact is, he has gotten his tax hikes. it ti it's time to focus on the real problem and that is spending. the president has known for 16 months that this sequester was looming out there. when the supercommittee failed to come to an agreement. and so for 16 months, the president h
states look very bad. what are our allies around the world thinking about us right now? >> well, i think there are a couple of points of what the potential impact might be. we were just talking about one of them. you have big cuts that have to come and the defense secretary has to be on top of that. you also have, you know, a situation where chuck hagel, if he's confirmed you wonder how beat up he's going to be, what kind of working relationship he will have with republicans. tell me what your concerns are about this delay. >> well, again, i think we have so many dangers that we're facing around the world right now and there's so many expectations for our international leadership and what signal is this sending to the world. and i do think that with several months past the election at this point in time, i'm really worried about the signal that this is sending to the country. are they ever going to get over it? the election is done. we need to move on. we do have very critical things that we're facing, like the sequester. >> let me ask you, if i can, because the sequester is the other bi
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't think it hurts him or really helps him that much either way. it gives us something to talk about. but i think the issue is larger than this photo. it's really about the substantive proposals on the table. i think the president is smart if he doesn't push too hard on the assault weapons ban itself. there isn't much support for that in congress. but what there is support for is universal background checks and perhaps cracking down on some of these traffickers who freely move guns from states like north carolina to states like new york, where they have big cities and tougher gun laws. >> you know, ruth, when it comes to legislation it seems like other than the nra, there is some agreement on universal background checks. harry reid saying he supported it and a quinnipiac poll showing near 100% support for it in virginia as you look at the numbers right there. also new jersey and pennsylvania, a lot of support. is this where lawmakers can find some common ground right now? >> absolutely. i was at a breakfast with nra president last week sponsored by the christian science monitor and i asked
proceed poed the president's bill will be dead on arrival in congress leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come. i mean. sure, republicans will shoot down anything that came from the white house anyway, is that all part of this? >> it absolutely is. in a way, whether or not the white house meant to leak this or not, they wanted this out there and in a way it gets republicans a lot of cover. they can shoot down the force for ray and that gives them a lot of room to work with congress and come up with their own deal without looking like they're cooperating with the president f he has his eyes on 2016, he does not want to look like he was hand-in-hand with the president on this very important legislative issue >> one of the senators that is working part of this bipartisan group is senator chuck schumer. let me play what he had to say. >> we talked to senator rubio and he is fully on board with our process and i am very hopeful that in march we will have a bipartisan bill. i am happy with the president. he has given us the space, and i am opti
office has said it will cost us 750,000 jobs. >> but you know -- you know what the counter is. two things really. one, they say the real problem in terms of jobs and losing jobs if you start to raise taxes because that will be what is the real hit on the economy. and then there are people like nebraska's governor, dave hyneman, told "the new york times," the white house is engaged in scare tactics. every governor in this country knows how to cut their budget by 2%, 3%. the white house ought to learn how to do it. what about those? >> is the non partisan independent congressional budget office engaged in scare tactics, too? of course not. they say -- very clearly -- that if you suck $110 billion out of the economy between march 1 and the end of this year, 750,000 americans are going to see their jobs lost. lack of jobs gained. that's a full third, one-third of economic output in this country between now and the end of the year. this is not the obama administration. these are the non partisan professionals of the congressional budget office. that's why it is really for to replace these very
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